Time: The Most Valuable Resource in Document Restoration

Time: The Most Valuable Resource in Document Restoration

When your business is affected by a flood or fire, it can be devastating and highly stressful. More than that, such disasters can disrupt operations, especially if important documents are permanently damaged. If documents are damaged by water or fire, they can sometimes be restored or digitized in order to save the information and keep your business on track. But this is only a possibility if businesses have a plan in place for disasters and act fast. Time is the most valuable resource in document restoration.

Time is of the Essence

When important documents are damaged, particularly by water, it’s vital to act fast. The longer that documents sit untreated, the more likely the damage will be irreversible. So when quick decision making is so important, having a plan created ahead of time is the best way to guarantee fast action occurs.

Keys to Your Organization’s Disaster Reaction Plan

The most important aspect of any organization’s disaster reaction plan is the part that protects employees and anyone else inside the building. There must be clear steps for evacuation that will protect anyone inside the facility. It’s also important to assign certain people within the company or organization with the responsibility of directing people during disasters, which tend to be stressful. Employees are an organization’s most important asset. Your organization’s plan should outline how the company plans to communicate with its staff and provide support before, during, and after an incident. Once you can ensure the safety of people, the next step is protecting your company’s other valuable assets: sensitive documents, expensive equipment, and other important items. With employees being the number one priority, protecting those valuable assets usually comes with preventative measures and responsive measures. In other words, protect people during the disastrous event and take steps to protect items before and after. Preventative measures can include keeping valuable items in fire-proof and water-proof containers or safes. Responsive measures start with putting someone in charge of the restoration efforts who knows exactly what to do. While paying someone to be an expert in a situation that might never happen isn’t practical, starting a partnership with a company with the technology and expertise to move quickly in disastrous circumstances is more than practical. It’s essential.

Trusting AMRestore as Your Disaster Response Partner

AMRestore offers emergency response and an impressive fleet of drying and climate control equipment. Our industry-leading restoration technology combined with our highly experienced team means that you can trust us to take the right steps to get things back to normal and restore your most important documents and equipment.

To start your partnership with AMRestore, an industry leader in emergency drying and restoration, contact us today.

Polygon Sponsors CoSA Emergency Preparedness Series

Polygon Sponsors CoSA Emergency Preparedness Series

As the owner or manager of an archives or records center, you can hope that you and your colleagues never have to experience an emergency situation. But all the hoping in the world won’t prevent flooding, fires, and other emergency scenarios from occurring. That’s why it’s essential that archivists have emergency plans in place. AMRestore’s parent company, Polygon, and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) have teamed up to create a series of emergency preparedness documents that will give your organization the information it needs to put together a plan for when an emergency scenario damages your important documents.

This series from CoSA, sponsored by Polygon, consists of four documents packed with information to give archivists the knowledge they need to secure and recover essential records when they have been damaged by natural or human-caused emergencies.

“These resources are based on CoSA’s work for the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) Project, which trained state and local government officials in every state and territory in emergency preparedness and ensuring the safety of essential records,” a CoSA administrative coordinator and former IPER trainer said. “We are pleased we’ve been able to repurpose this information.”

4 Documents to Cover the 4 “R’s”

The series is based around what CoSA and Polygon call “The 4 R’s,” which include risk, readiness, response, and recovery. The first of the four documents provides an overview of each R.

The second provides a more in-depth look into risk and readiness. Identifying risk and taking action to reduce it can go a long way for the preservation records over time. Readiness is all about the plans and policies that an organization has in place, enabling that organization to mitigate disastrous situations and preserve its valuable documents.

“Response and Recovery,” the third document, covers the third and fourth R’s. An organization’s response is crucial to the protection of documents during a disaster. Split-second decisions can make all the difference when responding to an emergency. The recovery phase should be moving towards normalcy. Assessing the damage, filing claims, and taking the necessary steps to return to normal operations are all part of recovery.

The final document includes infographics and statistics to guide your organization as it prepares for emergencies. As your organization puts together an emergency preparedness plan, consult these helpful documents. They also offer links to other valuable resources. Visit the CoSA website now to download all four documents in this series.

AMRestore is the leading document recovery service provider in the Mid-Atlantic US. We are ready can help you when disaster strikes. Our team has the expertise and technology to restore damaged documents. Make us a part of your disaster plan and contact our team today.

CDC Releases Guidance for Safely Reopening Buildings

CDC Releases Guidance for Safely Reopening Buildings

Earlier this summer, the CDC released guidance for reopening buildings that have spent a considerable portion of this year completely shutdown or under reduced operation. As we approach the end of summer, AMRestore would like to highlight some key elements from the document as schools and other buildings think about bringing employees and students back into buildings that may have been empty for months.

Water Safety

While it makes sense to shut down certain systems while a building is vacant in order to conserve resources, that decision comes with a certain level of risk. Take, for example, the plumbing system. The CDC states,When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the Legionella growth range (77–108°F, 25–42°C). Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectant, such as chlorine. Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.” Before people return to these vacant buildings, it’s important for administrators, executives, and building managers to take account of all areas that use the plumbing system. If water from the plumbing system is used in aerosol form, that can be particularly dangerous. The CDC offers a Water Management Program Toolkit to help buildings reduce the risk of Legionella infection.

Mold Growth

Another system that is likely to have been shut down during a time where so many people are staying home is the HVAC system. This leaves stagnant air. The combination of stagnant air from a dormant HVAC and nobody in the building to look out for leaks or condensation makes empty buildings an ideal spot for mold growth. “People with asthma and other respiratory conditions and those with mold allergy or weakened immune systems should avoid buildings suspected or confirmed to have mold contamination.” Just because mold growth isn’t visible doesn’t mean it’s not there. The CDC recommends a mold assessment, a serious effort to reduce humidity inside the building, frequent checks of the HVAC system, and thorough cleaning of any area that is damp or carries an odor.

A Smooth Reopening with AMRestore

When it comes to keeping the humidity inside a building low, AMRestore has the expertise and equipment to make it happen. Our experts can assist in the assessment of high mold-risk areas and work to eradicate existing spores while creating an environment to assure they won’t come back during the initial period where the HVAC is turned back on and undergoes frequent inspection. Whether it’s a school building, factory, office building, or any other workplace, AMRestore is by your side to keep everyone inside safe from mold and other contaminants that thrive in a high humidity environment. Contact us to learn more about our temporary climate control.

Reopening Schools and Universities: ASHRAE Releases Guidelines

Reopening Schools and Universities: ASHRAE Releases Guidelines

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, typically referred to as ASHRAE, released a technical resource regarding the reopening of schools and universities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They stated their position as, “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning [HVAC] systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”

The full resource is available on the ASHRAE website. ASHRAE states the purpose of the guide in the introduction: “This guidance has been formulated to help designers retrofit and plan for the improvement of indoor air quality and to slow the transmission of viruses via the HVAC systems. The underlying effort of the designer should be to increase outside air to the spaces and treat return air.  The designer should also be concerned with mechanical filtration of the supply air and maintaining indoor comfort as defined by the design temperature and relative humidity.” The resource continues with two checklists for the fall start of classes. The first checklist includes a review or air systems and past indoor air quality issues, general inspection of spaces in order to identify concerns for water leaks or mold growth, and checks for implementing sanitary practices.

The second checklist focuses on HVAC systems. It starts, “Maintain proper indoor air temperature and humidity to maintain human comfort, reduce potential for spread of airborne pathogens and limit potential for mold growth in building structure and finishes (refer to ASHRAE Standard 55, recommended temperature ranges of 68-78 degrees F dry bulb depending on operating condition and other factors, recommend limiting maximum RH to 60%). Consider consulting with a local professional engineer to determine appropriate minimum RH levels based on local climate conditions, type of construction and age of the building under consideration. Recommend minimum RH of 40% if appropriate for building. Consider the addition of humidification equipment only when reviewed by a design professional to verify minimum RH set points will not adversely impact building or occupants by contributing to condensation and possible biological growth in building envelope. Trend and monitor temperature and humidity levels in each space to the extent possible and within the capability of BAS, portable data loggers and handheld instruments.” The checklist also recommends reviewing airflows, verifying the function of filtration systems on mechanical equipment, ventilation, performing an initial airflow flush by running the HVAC system on occupied for a week prior to building occupation, and ensuring that domestic water systems are ready for use.

The resource continues, recommending different frequencies for verifications and checks on certain systems and sections packed with useful information. When it comes to administrations following these checklists and getting ready to reopen the schools and universities, AMRestore can provide dehumidification equipment, portable air treatment units, and other technology to help schools and universities follow these guidelines. In these challenging times, it’s important that measures are taken to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff as we start the 2020-2021 school year.

Contact us to learn more.

Planning for Disasters: Protection for Documents and Collectibles

Planning for Disasters: Protection for Documents and Collectibles

As the summer surges on, Americans are getting closer and closer to that time of year where natural disasters become much more common. The summer sun heats the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, leading to hurricanes in that can level the East and Gulf Coasts. Additionally, high temperatures dry out forests, turning them into hot spots for dangerous fires. In order to weather these natural disasters, households and businesses have to be proactive. Valuable collectibles and important documents don’t fare well against fire or water. So, what can we do to protect these items before disaster strikes?

Going Digital Changes Everything… For Documents

Before the digital age, having backups meant having physical copies. In order to have protection against natural disasters, those physical copies would have to be in a separate location. Today, the cloud exists. When it comes to important documents, scanning and storing in the cloud is the safest way to keep backups. That way, you have copies available even if your electronic devices are damaged in the fire, flood, or other disasters.

Scan What You Can, Insure Everything

If you live or own a business somewhere that can be affected by fires, floods, tropical storms, or other disasters, it’s important to have a full understanding of what your insurance covers. If you have valuable items that can’t be replaced or saved by digitization, it’s vital that they are covered by an insurance policy. Homeowners sometimes overestimate what is covered under their home insurance policy. Whether you are a homeowner or business owner, don’t get caught wishing you had insured a valuable item after it’s too late.

Physical Protection

Insurance can soften the blow of losing something irreplaceable with a payout. But it doesn’t get you that one-of-a-kind item back. It might be worth it to invest in a safe for certain valuable items. The safe should have a 1-hour fire rating and a seal to protect the contents inside from fire, smoke, and moisture.

Know Who to Call

If you return to your business or home following a disaster and find important documents, collectibles, or other items damaged, it’s important to contact restoration experts right away. Based out of Maryland, AMRestore provides restoration services to businesses and households in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The earlier our team is on the scene, the better chance that items can be restored to their original condition. Polygon, our partner company, provides restoration services across the US and Europe.

Being proactive means having a plan in place. Saving our number should be part of your plan in case your valuable items are damaged by a flood, fire, or other disasters. Turn to AMRestore to restore what you value most. Call us to learn more at 1-800-498-8800.

Rapid Restoration is Key for Preserving History, Art, Culture

Rapid Restoration is Key for Preserving History, Art, Culture

Political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator Marcus Garvey once stated, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” As such, valuable historical texts, books, documents, artworks, and ancient artifacts enable future generations to learn about their past, enabling discoveries of humankind’s triumphs and foibles over the years, engendering understanding that will allow for a better future.

Thus, after a flood or other disaster, it’s critical for museums, churches, libraries, municipalities, archives, and historical societies to quickly and properly restore their most valuable historical items to avoid further damage and decay. This preservation process, an essential part of document management, begins with choosing the right restoration partner.

Preserving Archival Material is Important for Historical and Cultural Reasons

Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, when it comes to historical collections, conservation and preservation are two different concepts. In general, conservation refers to proactive steps taken to ensure the proper physical treatment of individual damaged items. For example, a fragile historical document that had been incorrectly framed by an amateur might be mounted on acid-free paper and put behind UV-resistant glass to ensure it does not degrade further.

On the other hand, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works defines preservation as activities that minimize chemical and physical deterioration and damage and prevent loss of informational content. This broad concept includes not only disaster planning, but also activities such as treatment, replacement, or reformatting that address existing damage.

To ensure the permanence of their collections, earlier, less technologically advanced generations simply recorded the words of historical documents by publishing them; but as technology advanced, archivists began to use microfilm as a medium for preservation and document management. However, by the mid-20th century, rather than just capturing or copying the information, archivists increasingly saw the value in preserving the original documents themselves before they deteriorated.

These Materials Have Commercial Value as Well

The term intrinsic value is used by the National Archives and Records Service to describe historical materials with qualities and characteristics that should be retained in their original physical form, rather than as copies. Of course, these records may have significant monetary value as well—that’s why historical documents are routinely appraised for insurance replacement, probate, donation, purchase, sale, historical, and research purposes.

So, when disaster strikes, the monetary losses can be devastating, such as the numerous examples of water-related library disasters. In 1975, for instance, the Case Western Reserve University Library was flooded, saturating and muddying approximately 40,000 books and 50,000 maps, resulting in a recovery cost of $540,000. And when floods struck Prague in August 2002, extensive collections in more than 40 libraries were destroyed and damaged—the damage to the National Library alone was estimated at $11,000,000.

Items of Cultural Relevance Exist in a Variety of Locations

Of course, valuable documents aren’t found only in libraries and museums. Municipal buildings, churches, historical societies, and other institutions may house rare and irreplaceable records as well. Literature, maps, letters, genealogy records, business contracts, and photographs are just a few of the cultural and historical archives that may be represented in these collections. And these documents need not always be connected with famous people or events to prove valuable. Just as important to historians is the record of everyday life within a culture, including rituals, religion, foods, art, and other facets that make a culture unique. Unfortunately, many of these documents may not be cataloged and may be stored in various offices, storerooms, boxes, and cabinets, or in even more out-of-the-way spots, such as under a staircase or in the attic.

Disaster Planning and a Restoration Partner are Integral When Disaster Strikes

Responding quickly to damage from water or other emergencies requires a disaster plan. A number of document recovery solutions, such as vacuum freeze drying, desiccant air drying, and cleaning and sterilization, can be employed to reverse much of the damage. When documents can’t be salvaged, digital imaging can often be used to capture the information contained in damaged records. To determine the best course of action in performing document management, it’s vital to employ the services of a restoration specialist partner with extensive experience in restoration. AmRestore is that partner.

By combining the passion for helping others with both experience and technology, the experts at AmRestore maintain high standards in service delivery. AmRestore maintains a local presence on the East Coast that enables quick response and unparalleled restoration of valuable archives. To find out more about how AmRestore can help with disaster recovery planning, contact us today.

Protecting School Libraries from Mold

In 2015, a leaky roof and faulty HVAC system at the Mark Twain House & Museum led to a mold infestation that affected at least 5,000 artifacts, including first editions of the famous author’s books, translations and other documents of interest. The institution was not alone with its condensation control problems. In 2016, the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon closed its doors when it discovered mold. Each year, libraries around the world battle the damaging effects of mold, making it one of the greatest problems that the knowledge centers face. While the closure of larger libraries and archives are a public inconvenience, incidents that occur at schools affect the quality of education that young people receive. Because schools often close for long periods, their libraries are particularly vulnerable to mold.

Why Mold in Schools Matter

Mold is a type of fungus that grows and spreads through spore propagation. To survive, it requires moisture and a food source. Because paper is an organic material, some varieties of mold survive on the pages and within the bindings well. In addition to discoloration, library books infested with mold often have a musty odor. Without quick mold remediation efforts, the damage could be irreversible.

Just as mold poses a threat to books and documents, it poses a greater threat to human health. When mold infests a library, it affects the quality of indoor air. Contact with mold can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms or worse, particularly in young people whose immune systems are still developing.

The Importance of Climate Control in Libraries

Despite having an HVAC system, the climate within many libraries is not constant throughout the year. During the winter, for example, the air might feel drier. In the summer, conditions are generally more humid, and a school might set the thermostat at a warmer temperature to save energy. Even if the cooling system is on, the air inside may still seem humid.

Seasonal fluctuations in temperatures and relative humidity levels make libraries vulnerable to mold growth. When school is out, the infestation may go unnoticed until classes resume. Because school libraries are a source of collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, climate control is vital to student health and education, as well as the integrity of book collections.

Among the most effective condensation control solutions are temporary climate control technologies that complement HVAC systems. HVAC systems are designed to condition air and promote comfortable temperatures within a building. While their operations help control humidity, this is not their purpose. Independent climate control solutions with monitoring capabilities are much more effective at maintaining ideal temperatures and humidity levels within a library, saving energy, and preventing costly mold-related damage. More importantly, they help keep the air healthy and library doors open.

Mold Prevention Tips for Libraries

  • Maintain relative humidity levels between 40 and 55 percent
  • Keep temperatures around 70°F or cooler
  • Ensure proper ventilation
  • Vacuum and dust regularly
  • Use desiccants in enclosed spaces
  • Use temporary environmental control solutions when temperatures or humidity levels exceed standards
  • Regularly inspect books for signs of mold
  • If present, remove standing water
  • Reduce humidity levels and temperatures, and increase air circulation
  • Isolate the books affected by mold while wearing protective clothing; allow books to dry if they’re wet
  • Disinfect affected bookshelves
  • Use a soft brush, cloth or vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove mold or mildew while wearing protective clothing in a well-ventilated room
  • Kill mold by dabbing affected areas with denatured alcohol

Mold Remediation Tips

If mold affects a large quantity of books, call the mold remediation specialists at AMRestore. An expert will tell you how to stabilize the books to halt the mold growth until professionals arrive. Without proactive condensation control, libraries can quickly become breeding grounds for mold, especially when students are on vacation. Get in touch with AMRestore today to learn how its affordable temporary climate control solutions will protect the health of your students and prevent costly damage.

Water: The Ultimate Library Villain

Water: The Ultimate Library Villain

There are more than 320,000 public libraries around the world. Adding to this figure are thousands of academic, government, research, museum, ecclesiastical, special topic, film, and home libraries. The largest libraries on the planet, such as the Library of Congress and British Library, house more than 15 million books, artifacts, and archived materials each. A single incident of water damage in libraries can prove financially catastrophic, especially if the items affected are numerous, valuable or rare. When libraries pair climate control solutions with archival best practices and emergency preparedness, they reduce the need for water-damaged-book restoration and make a valuable investment in the institution’s future.

The Number of Books Affected by Water Damage

Because the history of libraries dates back to as early as 2600 BC and the number of libraries on the planet is so vast—the U.S. alone has at least 16,549 public libraries—it is difficult to quantify the number of incidents related to water-damaged documents. Historical data provides a glimpse into the damage that water and excess moisture can quickly cause.

When floodwaters infiltrated the Bibiloteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, Italy, in 1966, it damaged more than two million volumes of materials and manuscripts, including 100,000 rare volumes from the Magliabecchi collection, newspaper collections, 50,000 folios of the Palatina, and the card catalog. The same flood submerged more than 200,000 volumes of books in the University of Florence. In 1975, floodwaters infiltrated the Case Western Reserve University Library in Cleveland, Ohio, affecting about 50,000 maps and 40,000 books. Water-damage-book restoration in this incident cost $540,000.

Floods are not the sole cause of water damage in libraries. Heavy rains in 2006 flooded the basement of New York’s Sidney Memorial Public Library. The 2004 tsunami in South and Southeast Asia nearly destroyed several libraries permanently. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 destroyed 23 public libraries and damaged 70 in Louisiana alone. A broken heating pipe in the Library of the Culture Palace for Nationalities of China caused hot water damage on nearly 21,000 materials, including ancient books. Incidents that also lead to water- and moisture-related damage in libraries include:

  • Faulty HVAC systems
  • Pipes that froze and burst
  • Storm surges
  • Fire suppressing activities
  • Excessive rainfall
  • Sprinkler system malfunctions
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Poorly controlled ambient conditions

Preventing Water Damage in Libraries

Mitigating damage to library documents begins with climate control. The seasonal fluctuations in temperatures and relative humidity levels that you feel throughout the year also affect books and other documents in a library, making them vulnerable to mold, mildew, brittleness and deterioration.

The best temperature for library collections that the public can access is between 68°F and 70°F. Some collections, such as films, may require lower temperatures. Relative humidity levels should range between 30 and 50 percent, depending on the materials stored. Because gases, mold, dust and particulates in the air can damage archived items, ventilation systems in libraries also help preserve collections. Rather than rely on HVAC systems, which are designed for human comfort, it’s best for libraries to use independent climate control solutions because they maintain stable, reliable ambient conditions throughout the year.

Of equal importance is an emergency preparedness and recovery plan. Such a plan helps you create optimal storage conditions, take immediate steps to protect books and documents when there is a disaster warning, and take appropriate actions for water-damaged-book restoration.

At AMRestore, our technicians specialize in creating permanent and temporary climate control solutions for libraries. We’re also the professionals that the nation’s leading libraries and museums turn to when they experience a disaster—including fires, mold damage and flooding—and require document restoration services. If a library experiences a disaster, it will receive AMRestore’s ‘round-the-clock priority services to minimize damage and disruptions. Don’t let your library’s collections fall victim to chance. Get ahead of a disaster with AMRestore’s comprehensive, affordable solutions.

Empty Buildings: People Move Out, Mold Moves In

Empty Buildings: People Move Out, Mold Moves In

Across the nation, buildings are emptying out. People are staying home in order to promote their own safety as well as the safety of others. During this time, it’s important that building owners and facility managers take the steps necessary to protect their buildings while they are empty.

Exit People, Enter Mold

Vacant buildings can easily become the ideal place for mold infestations. Without people inside, it might make sense to shut off HVAC systems, close the blinds, and fulfill every expectation that comes with a closed building. While these steps might save money initially, they also expose the building to a host of mold-promoting factors.

Mold spores are everywhere. But unless they come into an environment that allows them to multiply, they tend to go unnoticed. Unfortunately, empty buildings create an environment that does indeed allow them to multiply. By closing shutters and blinds, rooms don’t have UV rays coming through the windows and killing mold spores. As a result, rooms that might not typically seem like a place that mold could grow become just that as soon as the building is vacant and shut down. In addition to a decrease in light waves coming through, there is also a host of issues that are a result of the HVAC system being shut down. Outdoor temperatures are increasing, so without the usual cool air pumping through a building, indoor temperatures will as well. In addition to warmer temperatures, a lack of air conditioning leads to increased humidity. That combination of warm temperatures and increased humidity is absolutely ideal for mold growth.

What you can do to stop mold

Luckily, there are steps you can take to prepare your building for a temporary vacancy. First, give it a thorough cleaning. Thoroughly cleaning carpet and wiping down surfaces can remove existing mold spores that can lead to a much bigger problem. You can also implement a temporary climate solution in parts of the building that are particularly vulnerable to mold infestation. AMRestore offers dehumidification systems that will keep vulnerable spaces dry and mold-free.

When things return to normal, and you can return to working in a building that has been vacant for an extended period, these tips should help keep mold spores from multiplying into a full-grown infest. If there happens to be mold in your space upon your return, the experts at AMRestore also specialize in mold removal. We will treat your space, clean the mold-covered areas, and take steps to prevent mold from coming back.

To learn more about AMRestore’s mold removal service, contact us today.

 

How to Prevent Indoor Mold Growth

How to Prevent Indoor Mold Growth

Mold – it’s a word no homeowner, business manager, or landlord ever wants to hear. Mold spores spread fast making an infestation difficult to contain and nearly impossible to eradicate completely. But a mold problem must be dealt with since exposure can cause allergic reactions, asthma, and respiratory illnesses. It can also adversely affect property value as no buyer or tenant wants to occupy a mold-infested space. While eliminating all indoor mold is challenging, actions can be taken to manage and prevent it.

Here are tips that property owners and facility managers can apply to prevent indoor mold and a disastrous situation.

Control Moisture

The problem with mold is that it can grow almost everywhere. Carpets, clothing, food, pipes, ceiling tiles, and the backside of drywall are all prime real estate for mold. However, this problem fungus needs moisture to survive. This is why it’s critical to immediately dry indoor spaces that come into contact with water following a flood, heavy rainfall, or a leaky pipe. Allowing water to sit in a basement or on a carpet for more than 48 hours is an open invitation for mold growth. If waterlogged carpets, furniture, and textiles can’t be completely dried, then they should be removed as soon as possible to halt the rapid multiplication of mold.

The Importance of Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation goes a long way to controlling moisture, and thus, containing mold buildup. Warm air holds more water vapor than cool air so in the summer, utilizing an air conditioner can lower temperatures and reduce the possibility of moisture from accumulating on walls and around fixtures. A dehumidifier will also help to control airborne moisture. Opening windows, turning on exhaust fans, and keeping room doors open all improve ventilation and allow cool air to circulate through a building.

Additional Measures

If your facility is in an area of high humidity, then use caulk and weather-stripping to keep humid air from infiltrating indoor spaces. Sealing bathroom sinks and toilets can prevent water from seeping into walls. And it’s important that buildings are well insulated to thwart condensation from forming on windows, piping, walls, roofs, and floors. Also, clean and repair roof gutters often, especially before precipitation arrives.

Mold infestation can damage human health and trying to tackle the problem after the fact can take a significant toll on the pocketbook. The safe bet is to be proactive and take preventative measures such as managing moisture and humidity. But just in case you do find mold growth of any size inside your home or building, it’s important to contact experts right away. AMRestore specializes in mold cleaning. Our process includes an evaluation of the mold and removal by a certified professional. Click here to learn more.